The surgery was on the side of my head.
I Had Mohs Surgery Three Years Ago.. I Recently Developed Numbness in the Area. Is This Normal? What Can Be Done About It?
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I had Moh's Surhery three years ago. I recently developed numbness in the area. Is this normal? What can be done about it?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Numbness from Mohs Surgery
Please follow up with your surgeon regarding this, as this could be an indication of nerve damage or a potential recurrence of the tumor. Rather than guess, a follow up evaluation with your provider is indicated based on this symptom this long after an initial surgery.
Numbness under grafts and flaps are normal. It usually improves over time. For a sudden change years later I would be concerned something is happening under neath your surgery. I suggest following up with your surgeon